The Best Advice …

Blog Post #221

This quote is possibly the best advice anyone can ever give or receive. If only we would listen to good advice!!

It is never too late to follow your dreams — have faith and take the leap!!!




General Tso Goes Meatless

Blog Post #219


That’s what was on my mind as I traveled home after a long Monday at the office. Food…

I was hungry — pretty sure my blood sugar level was dangerously low — and I couldn’t decide what I was going to make for dinner. I was craving something vegetarian — you know, it’s Meatless Monday, after all.

So… as soon as I walked in the door, and kicked off my boots while shedding my coat, I headed to my laptop and logged into Pinterest to pore over the many recipes I have collected in my “board” Weekday Vegetarian.

After a little distraction (I really can’t resist looking at all latest trends and pinning my favourites) I found a recipe that made my mouth water AND I actually had all most of the ingredients needed to cook up General Tso’s Chickpeas an Asian inspired dish, from the website: Yup.. Its Vegan!


I have to admit, that I get great satisfaction whenever I find a recipe, art/craft/sewing project on Pinterest that I actually try to make. I sometimes fear that I am becoming a Pinned Project Hoarder.

As I mentioned, I was out of a few of the ingredients, so I substituted where I could (or thought I could!) and whipped up my version of General Tso’s Chickpeas.

All I have to say about this dish is: “You should have this for dinner tomorrow!”

This recipe is simple to follow and fast — dinner on the table in about 20-30 minutes. Prepping all the ingredients first makes the stir frying a breeze!


Please Note: my ingredient list is a bit different from the ingredients on Yup; It’s Vegan — because I was missing a few of them. The recipe still turned out and was delicious!

For marinating the chickpeas:
1 tb. soy sauce (or tamari for GF)
1 tb. mirin (or dry sherry)
1 and ½ c. cooked chickpeas (equal to 1 15-oz. can), rinsed and drained (I used 1 19-oz can)

For the sauce:
¼ c. + 2 tb. vegetable broth
1 and ½ tb. tomato paste (I omitted this because I did not have one on hand)
½ tb. natural peanut butter
1 tb. soy sauce (or tamari for GF)
1 tb. rice vinegar
1 tb. + 1 tsp. coconut sugar (or other sugar) (I used a scant tb. of cane sugar)
2 tsp. sriracha or other chili sauce
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil (I was out of this, substituted 1tsp. of organic Asian sesame marinade)
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 tsp. cornstarch
⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper or white pepper

For the General Tso’s chickpeas stir-fry:
~1 tb. neutral oil (I used sunflower seed oil)
¼ of a large onion (or 1 shallot), thinly sliced
1 large broccoli crown, cut into florets
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 tsp. minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
General Tso’s sauce (above)
marinated chickpeas (above)
(optional) green onions, sesame seeds, and fresh red onion, for serving
(optional) cooked rice, for serving

Entire recipe including method.

Not only is this dish simple to prepare, it is flavourful and satisfying —  definitely a keeper!

Delicious!!! Yum!





Saturday Night Round-Up

Blog Post #217

Chilling at home on Saturday night — cruising around the web, catching up on all my social media, following interesting websites and reading up on things that are going on in the world.

There is a lot of information out there on the world wide web — I want to share some of the things I found most interesting, heartwarming or just plain fun!

Wise Words

This quote popped up in my Facebook feed — one of my FB friends posted in on his wall (Thank you, Allan!) — and I believe these are words to live by.

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. ~ from the Talmud

Brotherly Love

Also from my Facebook feed, this story centers around the reaction of the congregation of Heartsong Church in Memphis learned that a Muslim Islamic centre was going to be built right across the street. You may be surprised at what transpired. I was.

Random Acts of Kindness

You know how much I love RAKs — so you won’t be surprised that I’m sharing this video from the YouTube channel, Wow So Amaze — Mind-Blowing Facts and Countdowns. This list of  5 Incredible Acts of Kindness restored a bit of my faith in humanity.

Brain Food

For a little bit of fun, try these ten brainteasers. Some of them are a little tricky! How many can you answer?

Your Lyin’ Eyes

Did you know that you can hear up to 200 lies per day? Watch this Ted-Ed video that explains the language of lying.

View the full lesson on Ted-Ed.

That’s it — that’s my round-up for this Saturday! Hope you enjoyed it!



A Wise Quote For Wednesday

Blog Post #214

Have you been dreaming of something? Something big? Something you have wanted to do for a long time, but can’t drum up the courage or nerve to try it? Maybe these wise words from Walt Disney will help you take that leap of faith and believe in yourself! You will be amazing!!




A November Haiku

Blog Post #213

Ah, yes, it is Haikuesday once again.

The dark mornings and short days make me wistful, and my thoughts are all about the start of the day. I guess, because it is Tuesday and it is a work day — I’m all about waking up and facing the morning. And wishing for sunshine instead of dark rain clouds! So a rainy morning haiku on a wet and dreary Tuesday!


The morning is dark
heavy grey clouds hide the sun
November rain falls



Monday Motivation

Blog Post #212

It’s Monday morning and you can’t believe your alarm is going off! You sit up on the edge of the bed and contemplate the gazillion emails you know will be waiting in your inbox. Your pillow and blanket are beckoning — you almost cave.

You stumble to the bathroom and drag yourself into the shower. You are tired, cranky and want nothing more than to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over our head. For the entire week!

You are in need of some serious motivation.

Maybe these words of encouragement will help —“Be the kind of person you would want to meet!”

Yes, that person — confident, strong, generous and kindhearted. The kind of person that is ready to face the day with enthusiasm and joy!

That’s you!

Quote of the day


These Days of Happiness – 8 More Reasons to Smile

Blog Post 210

I’m still taking photos for the #101daysofhappiness — but I have to admit that I haven’t been taking them/posting them every single day. It’s not that I don’t find something to be happy about every day, it’s that sometimes I can’t take a photo at that moment.

For example, last Wednesday as I was hurrying to catch my bus home, a gorgeous bald eagle flew over my head. I was awed by the sight (I am always awed when I see an eagle — who wouldn’t be?)  By the time I grabbed my phone to snap a pic, he was gone — a mere speck in the sky. So, no photo for that flash of happiness.

There have been many such moments — but I’ll keep going. Hopefully, I’ll get better at it…

These eight photos represent some lovely illustrations of some of the happy instances in my life — the beauty of downtown Vancouver, loved ones, special gifts and special places.

This project is helping me focus more on the present, to notice and pay attention to the ordinary moments that make up every day — the big and little things that are truly important and that bring true happiness.

Life is good and that brings me happiness!

More days of happiness photos



Friday Fun Day

Blog Post #209

It’s Friday, and I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely in the mood for some laughs. So I did a little digging and found some humorous items from here and there that I want to share with you. I hope they give you a few chuckles a bit of lift!

Are actors androids?

Have you seen the Chevy commercials, where a spokesperson brings a focus group to view the newest Chevy vehicle? The spot starts out with the group entering a room containing a vehicle or two  — the facilitator has a tablet and begins explaining the premise, the panel of people walk around, admiring the cars. A tagline soon shows up ­— “These are real people. Not actors.”


Really? Hmm — I always thought actors were real people!!

Watch one of the full ads:


Job Qualifications

I love this clever recruitment poster –  out of the box thinking!



An expert opinion

This short video is a sketch of a business meeting between a company and a marketing agency that illustrates how difficult it can be for designers to fit into the corporate world. It’s hilarious.


A Letter From My BFF

This is SO true!

Letter to Diamond


Be Yourself

Good advice for everyone!

Dare to be Batman



But wait … what about the kittens?

Friday Fun day wouldn’t be complete without some fuzzy, cuddly kitties — so here is a 6 minute (almost) video of cuteness!